Best known for playing the role of Seth Cohen on the television show The O.C., which subsequently led to a career full of mostly supporting roles in film.
He spent a year in community college before dropping out to pursue acting.
He grew up surfing in San Diego.
He dated Rachel Bilson from 2003 to 2006, then married Actress Leighton Meester in February 2014. They welcomed a daughter named Arlo in 2015.
He starred on The O.C. with Peter Gallagher.